Supporters begin countdown to Anna's December 11 dharna
Three months after the historic anti-graft movement at Ramlila Maidan, Anna fever is all set to grip the Capital yet again.delhi Updated: Nov 29, 2011 00:00 IST
Three months after the historic anti-graft movement at Ramlila Maidan, Anna fever is all set to grip the Capital yet again.
The countdown to a massive dharna, for a strong Lokpal bill, by Anna Hazare at Jantar Mantar on December 11 started on Monday with a silent protest at ITO and India Gate. Volunteers of India against corruption (IAC) placed banners and placards all around the India Gate circle to make people aware of the issue.
"This is to pressure the government to pass the Janlokpal bill during the outgoing winter session of Parliament," said Neeraj, an IAC member.
The protest comes after an FIR was registered against Team Anna member Kiran Bedi for misappropriating NGO funds.
"We'll be galvanizing support again, to push for a strong Lokpal. The attitude of the UPA government looks discouraging. We'll make sure that the bill sees the light of the day during the winter session," said Ashwathi Muralidharan, IAC member.
India against corruption (IAC) has planned a series of such silent protest where its volunteers will be holding placards in the area around Connaught Place without disrupting traffic. "This is to educate the general public that Sarkari Lokpal is just an eyewash. The government doesn't want a strong anti-graft bill," added Neeraj.
A massive car rally starting from Rajghat will also be organised on December 4.
Meanwhile, IAC placards and banners, placed around the India Gate, were seized by police.